projects

Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games Athletes’ Village and Sport Venues / 2015

Our team collaborated with Planning Design and Compliance teams to design and construct the following venues that are both world class leaders in the realm of inclusive design and the centrepieces of the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games:

  • The Pan/ParaPan American Games Athletes’ Village;
  • The Pan American Aquatic Centre, Field House and Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario at the University of Toronto—Scarborough Campus;
  • Hamilton’s Tim Horton’s Stadium;
  • Milton’s Cisco Velodrome;
  • CIBC Athletics Stadium at York University.

We developed venue specific accessibility specifications based on regulations, best practices and innovation. Considering the needs of users during and following the Pan/ParaPan American Games we provided drawing reviews, design consultation and site visits during construction to ensure that the spaces are universally accessible well into the future.


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ONroute Service Centres / 2015

Designed by Quadrangle and built by EllisDon Corporation, these fully functional service centres offer enhanced services and an aesthetically pleasing experience to the travelling public. To make these centres distinctive from other highway service centres in Canada, Quadrangle incorporated a broad range of accessibility and universal design measures, ensuring equal access for all prospective visitors.


ErinoakKids Centres for Treatment and Development / Ongoing

Our team has provided universal design consulting, comprehensive drawing reviews and recommendations for constructing spaces that well exceed the accessibility requirements of the OBC and AODA. ErinoakKids is redeveloping three facilities to help fill the gap of accessible treatment and recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Ontario. Our design recommendations seamlessly integrate accessibility to create welcoming spaces without an institutional feel.


AODA Compliance Planning and Facility Audits / 2013

A comprehensive assessment of the City of Thunder Bay was conducted to identify where improvements were required to comply with all standards under the IASR as part of the AODA. In addition, our team conducted accessibility audits of 22 municipal properties and developed design standards for accessible transit shelters.


Accessibility Retrofits for Municipal Facilities / 2012

Accessibility retrofits were completed for eleven sites in the Town of Markham, including arenas, community centres, theatres, libraries and civic centres. Our role included creating optimal solutions for universal design upgrades and review during construction.


Ryerson Church Street Development / Ongoing

Working with Perkins+Will Canada, we are consulting on the incorporation of accessibility and universal design into new educational and student residential facilities at Ryerson University.

Our work includes facilitating user group workshops, defining project accessibility criteria, conducting drawing reviews and acting as an ongoing resource to the design team.


Milton District Hospital Redevelopment Project (MDHRP) / Ongoing

We are the accessibility specialists on the design team for the MDHRP. To help maximize accessibility strategies given practicality, space and operational constraints we have completed drawing reviews, AODA compliance reports and will be conducting site visits. Interacting with the Town of Milton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has improved accessible design strategies integrated into the redevelopment of the Milton District Hospital.


City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines / Ongoing

We are currently updating the City of Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines. A thorough analysis of legislation and best practices was conducted to provide the dimensions and criteria for creating the most accessible environments. The updated Guidelines will be a fully accessible document that will meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 standards for on-line publishing, and will be programmed to be compatible with assistive technologies such as screen readers.


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Accessible Greenhouse and Amenity Terrace / 2013

In collaboration with the community organization Developing and Nurturing Independence (DANI), our team was retained to design a fully accessible outdoor environment including a community greenhouse, amenity terrace, eating area and a play space. Inclusive food production and community spaces are central to realizing DANI’s mission to support life skills development for young adults with cognitive disabilities.


Accessibility Resource / 2013

For over two years, our team has provided Infrastructure Ontario with high-level standard development, accessibility audits, signage and wayfinding reviews for new build and renovation projects. We assisted the provincial government in going beyond standard code requirements to promote the importance of universal design.